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'Mission: Impossible,' 'Ed Wood' Star Martin Landau Dies at 89

by Lynda Brendish 6:24 PM PDT, July 16, 2017
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Oscar-winning film and television actor Martin Landau died on Saturday at age 89, ET has learned.

"We are overcome with sadness to report the death of iconic actor Martin Landau, on July 15th, 2017 at 1:30pm at UCLA Medical Center, where he succumbed to unexpected complications during a short hospitalization," representatives for the family wrote in a statement.

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Landau made his Hollywood debut in the 1959 Korean war film, Pork Chop Hill, which also starred Gregory Peck. His career spanned film and television, including roles in the Alfred Hitchcock classic, North by Northwest, Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors, and a long-running stint on the original television version of Mission: Impossible as the "man of a million faces," Rollin Hand.

His turn as Bela Lugosi in 1994's Ed Wood earned him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar, as well as Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards, among a number of other trophies.

Landau continued his career up until the last: his final film, The Last Poker Game, debuted at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. He was also actively involved in The Actors Studio, the legendary acting school where he served as West Coast Co-Artistic Director.

The esteemed actor is survived by his two daughters, Susie Landau Finch and Juliet Landau, and their families.

Landau's family announced that donations can be made in his memory to The Actors Studio West.

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